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Spoon: MAR.M.170-1912

Object information

Current Location: Mezzanine Landing


Silversmith: Unknown
Carver: Unknown




Rock crystal, silver and silver-gilt; rock crystal bowl with silver handle and silver-gilt finial of a man in armour holding a spear and shield

Rock crystal, silver and silver-gilt; the rock crystal bowl is fig-shaped. The silver handle is cylindrical and tapers towards the terminal which has a silver-gilt finial in the form of a man in armour holding a shield and spear. The shield is engraved with a possible bishop's mitre between the initials 'M' and 'A' beneath two quatrefoils.


History note: Not known before Charles Brinsley Marlay, London

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 13.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


17th Century
Circa 1600 CE - Circa 1700 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Bowl composed of rock crystal
Surface Of Finial composed of gold
Handle composed of silver
Decoration, Initials

Techniques used in production

Carving : The rock crystal was carved. The silver handle was folded, and the seam down the side was soldered. The finial was cast, soldered to the handle and gilt. The hollow silver handle was glued to the short rock crystal stem. The decoration and the initals on the shield were engraved.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: MA
  • Location: On the shield
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Initials

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.170-1912
Primary reference Number: 166858
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 1 June 2016 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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